ReadyNAS Duo ffmpeg and mkvtoolnix

A while back I cross-compiled the ffmpeg and mkvtoolnix packages for my ReadyNas Duo. I have the v1 version, which is a SPARC architecture NAS device running Linux. The details of this are here. Since I was asked for the binaries, I have uploaded them here (tar.gz, 9.8 MB).

To extract:

tar -xzf readynas-ffmpeg-mkvtoolnix.tar.gz

Sky provide lovin' for YouView

Following the announcement of YouView, it now appears that Sky have changed their minds somewhat of the project. It looks like NowTV, Sky's soon-to-be-launched Catchup TV service, will be among the first "non partner" content producers. Presumably, NowTV will use the same content delivery platform, initially launching with movies and later expanding to sports and entertainment.

YouView Announced

Finally, the official announcement of YouView: the new website has gone live today.

Raspberry Pi round 1

I came home last week to a Raspberry Pi waiting for me. Work, family visits and a bout of illnes means I only managed to take a peek, that is until yesterday evening. I rummaged around in the bits box for a £1.50 HDMI cable, a micro USB cable and a wireless USB keyboard. Then I set about giving it a quick go.

The Future of Science Communication?

Today I read an article in Nature Climate Change that I found rather thought provoking. It reports the findings of a social psychology study into the effects of science cognition on perceived climate change risk, and it had some very interesting results.

Humax Sky Player still on the cards

Archiving decrypted Humax T2 recordings via CIFS


EBI Search Chrome extension

A while back I was playing around with developing Chrome extensions and very quickly hashed up one to search the European Bioinformatics Institute's web site. It works by providing a context menu item when you select some text on the page. It also works in the omnibox: if you type "EBI" before your search term you will be taken directly to the search engine.

I have attached the extension here for posterity.

Collating iTunes Tracks

With Amazon having released its CloudPlayer service this week, I thought I would give it a go. You can upload 5GB of your own music in the Cloud Drive (backed by Amazon S3) using your browser, and play the music back from anywhere using a web browser or, for those in the US, the Amazon MP3 Android app.

Streaming H.264 files on Bravia EX series

I already had a PS3 and a Humax HDR, both of which have DLNA capabilities. But when I got a new Sony Bravia KDL-40EX503 TV, I gave it a whirl to see what it would stream and what it wouldn't. Sony's documentation on the topic is predictably sparse, but it did imply support for AVC/H.264 and MPEG2 encoded HD video. I was therefore disappointed to find that only the SD MPEG2 files on my ReadyNAS Duo could be accessed through the Bravia's UI. The H.264 encodes would not show up, now matter what container they were in.


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